Theme & Variations

Sundays @ 2pm

Theme & Variations introduces a new topic each week, presenting a wide range of music associated with that theme. Drawn from a millennium of Western classical music, the selections are an eclectic mix of familiar favorites and rarities. Theme and Variations is produced locally in Discover Classical’s studios by host Joe Law.


Between 1909 and 1929, Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes revolutionized the world of dance. Today's program features music associated with that company. In addition to complete ballet scores by Manuel de Falla, Domenico Scarlatti (as arranged by Vincenzo Tommasini) and Igor Stravinsky, you'll also hear a "Salade Russe" made up of music by Alexander Glazunov, Anton Arensky, Christian Sinding and Edvard Grieg. 


In commemoration of International Holocaust Day of Remembrance, today's program brings you music by nine composers killed in the Holocaust: Pavel Haas, Dick Kattenburg, Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa, Sandor Kuti, Nico Richter, Erwin Schulhoff, Leo Smit and Viktor Ullmann.